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Home Office #knifefree lesson plans for KS3 & KS4

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Earlier this year the Home Office launched a new campaign, #knifefree, with a dedicated campaign website aimed at reducing knife crime. The campaign aims to reduce knife crime by changing the attitudes and behaviours of young people aged between 10 – 21 years old. The campaign challenges the perception that knife carrying is normal and counters the belief that it makes young people safer.

The Home Office has developed new PSHE education lesson plans, one for KS3 and one for KS4, they take an interactive approach using young people's real-life stories and are free to download from the PSHE Association here.

The two lessons aim to help students to:

  • Recognise and evaluate the risks of carrying a knife
  • Challenge common misconceptions about knife crime
  • Develop strategies to manage peer influence to carry a knife
  • Explore how young people can choose to live knife-free and achieve their potential. 


Accompanying teacher guidance will help teachers to plan the lessons into the PSHE curriculum, which provides an ideal context for this learning, as the subject develops knowledge and understanding of key concepts such as risk, identity and power, and skills relating to decision making and managing peer influence. These lessons are therefore best suited for delivery alongside topics exploring personal safety or gang crime.

First published 17 July 2018